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  • In Fenway as it is in Heaven
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    In Fenway as it is in Heaven

    The sun was nearly setting after a warm summer day in 2012 as I experienced my first major league baseball game in person. Walking eagerly into Fenway Park with my freshly purchased paraphernalia, all of my senses were locked in and I joined strangers in rooting for our home team, the Boston Red Sox. I was first welcomed by the overwhelming aroma of ballpark franks, spilled lager, and overpriced popcorn. Strangers wearing similar Red Sox colors hurried past me to find their seats hoping to get a glimpse of the hero whose jersey they proudly sported.

  • Finding Thankfulness
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    Finding Thankfulness

    Last weekend I had to fly home because I got a call that my grandmother was dying. When I got to Mexico, I was so upset that due to covid protocols I would not be able to see my grandmother. I worried that she would die before I had to opportunity to see her and tell her how much she has meant to me all of my life.

  • Behold, I stand at the door and knock....
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    Behold, I stand at the door and knock....

    Disclosure by the author:

    Prolific reader and a mediocre a writer

    Much more effective at making fact based statements than emotional requests.

    1 thing that I believe in, without any doubt is God’s desire and plan for us.

    1 thing that I rely heavily upon and that is research from independent, world renowned organizations (I am an enneagram type 5 and will research any and everything for accuracy and amusement).

  • The Art of Comparison
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    The Art of Comparison

    Comparison is one of those words that immediately draws up this ugly feeling in our guts, right? We have all felt the rush of dissatisfaction with our own stories when we set them down next to someone else’s only to find them doing “better than” or maybe just “better off.” Whether it is a co-worker, a mentor, an influencer on social media, or even a dear friend that appears to be closer to where we want to be, or who we want to be, we have undoubtedly felt envy, pride, covetousness, and self-pity in the wake of Comparison.

  • Gardening
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    Gardening

    Is this a perennial or annual? How much sun is needed? Oh, what about our dogs… is this one of the poisonous plants?

    These questions have been part of springtime conversation at the Barnett home as my wife, Amber, and I envision new gardens for our front and back landscape. Before I was pastor, I worked for a landscape crew in Denver, Colorado that specialized in fine gardening. Now, I’m no Master Gardener, but since that time I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands and in the yard.

  • Suffering and Glory
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    Suffering and Glory

    Three weeks ago my wife and I put down our sweet Border Collie, Maverick.

    It has been the darkest day of my life thus far and it was the hardest decision I have ever made. Putting him down reminded me of the sting of death. I hate death.

    Like me, maybe you’ve been acquainted with death of a loved one. Maybe you’ve experienced some type of suffering because of the broken world we live in, because of your own sin, or because of the sins of others.